October 17, 2013
Sheena Martens is a senior on the UW-River Falls women’s rugby team. She is from Custer, Wis., and attended high school in Rosholt, Wis. Both towns are just east of Stevens Point, Wis.
Martens picked up the sport during her freshman year when her roommate joined the team.
“She told me about their first practice, and it sounded like an interesting sport. I played, and I was hooked,” Martens said.
The rugby team is part of the Minnesota Rugby Union and plays many different teams from colleges throughout the Midwest. The squad has been extremely successful the past few seasons and is off to a strong start this season with a 4-0 record.
In the past two years, the women’s rugby team has made it to the final four, which is the Minnesota playoff. Martens has high expectations for the team this year.
“We hope to enter the final four seeded No. 1, so hopefully this year will be the highlight of my UWRF rugby career,” Martens said.
Martens is a biology major and has two minors in chemistry and animal science. She is also involved in other activities outside of rugby.
“I am involved in an organization on campus called The Navigators. It is a Christian Ministry. A lot of my passion and energy goes toward that. Anything outdoors is also fun, and I enjoy hanging out with friends,” Martens said.
According to the Minnesota Rugby Union website, the team’s next game will be Saturday Oct. 19 at St. Olaf College.